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Sculpture

  • Object:

    Glass coloured print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)
    London (printed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)
    Overton, Henry (printed for)
    Sayer, Robert, born 1724 - died 1794 (printed for)
    Lancret, Nicolas, born 1690 - died 1743 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etched and mezzotinted glass coloured print in a frame with a black extended composition moulding

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Teddy Dawe

  • Museum number:

    E.598-1997

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 93, shelf 9

This is a glass print, sometimes called a glass picture. Its maker had to soak a black and white print in water, stick it face down onto the back of a sheet of glass, rub most of the paper away from the back leaving a thin transparent layer of paper and the ink making the image. The next stage was to colour the image from the back in oil colours. This was then fitted into a frame and the buyer could then hang it up on his or her wall straight away. Because the print is stuck to the back of the glass, if the glass gets cracked or broken, it cannot be replaced.

English writers of artists' manuals describe how to make glass prints from the 1680s onwards. The period of their greatest popularity was from about 1760 to 1790. Much of the appeal of glass prints to shoppers was their relative cheapness compared to framed oil of watercolour paintings, which were entirely painted by hand. Glass prints were clearly made on a commercial basis, because certain prints on paper are regularly found turned into glass prints.

Physical description

Etched glass picture

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)
London (printed)

Date

ca. 1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)
Overton, Henry (printed for)
Sayer, Robert, born 1724 - died 1794 (printed for)
Lancret, Nicolas, born 1690 - died 1743 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etched and mezzotinted glass coloured print in a frame with a black extended composition moulding

Marks and inscriptions

Sculpture
Lettered

Printed for R. Sayer in Fleet Street & H. Overton without Newgate Price 11s 6.
Lettered

Dimensions

Height: 38 cm frame, Width: 48.5 cm frame

Object history note

RP No. 96/1175.

The frame is not eighteenth century, and dates from ca. 1860. Another version of this image was sold at a sale of Fine English Prints Laid on Glass, Christie's South Kensington, 14 September 1998 no. 165 (illus, captioned 167)

Descriptive line

Framed glass picture - Sculpture, British, ca. 1760

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Guiffrey, J. 'Nicolas Lancret, sa vie et son oeuvre 1690-1743' in Eloge de Lancret, peintre du Roi, par Ballot de Sovot. Paris, 1874
Bocher, E. Nicholas Lancret. Paris, 1877
Wildenstein, G. Lancret. Paris, 1924

Materials

Glass; Printing ink; Pigments

Techniques

Etching; Mezzotint; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Sculpture; Allegory; Sculptors

Categories

Prints; Frames; Glass; Printmaking techniques

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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